From Persepolis to Isfahan: Safeguarding Cultural Heritage


16-18 January 2015

Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street
London W1G 7LP

Organised by

Iran Heritage Foundation and the Soudavar Memorial Foundation, with support from the British Institute of Persian Studies.


This conference will focus on protecting the cultural heritage of Iran. As is well known cultural heritage worldwide is under threat, and from many countries there are stories of damage to monuments and archaeological sites allied to ongoing deterioration of cultural resources. At the moment the problem is particularly acute in Iraq and Syria, due to military activity and state-sponsored vandalism. Fortunately these problems do not exist in Iran, but nevertheless there is damage to monuments and archaeological sites caused for example by acid rain, sandstorms, earthquakes, floods, neglect, looting and development. The aim of this conference will be to review the extent of the damage, to raise awareness of the problem, to look at the framework within which protection is currently provided, to chart best practice worldwide, and suggest some practical measures to help and support Iranian colleagues.

Speakers will include:

  • Prof. Robert Hillenbrand (University of St Andrews) – keynote speaker
  • Dr Chahryar Adle (President of the International Scientific Committee, UNESCO; ICOMOS, Paris; and Tehran)
  • Dr Alireza Anisi (ICAR, Tehran)
  • Dr Sussan Babaie (Courtauld Institute of Art)
  • Dr Dariush Borbor (Tehran)
  • Dr Rémy Boucharlat (CNRS, Lyons)
  • Dr John Curtis (CEO, Iran Heritage Foundation)
  • Dr Hassan Fazeli (ICAR, Tehran)
  • Dr Wouter Henkelman (École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris)
  • Prof. Jukka Jokilehto (ICCROM)
  • Mohammad Reza Kargar (Director of Iranian Museums)
  • Prof. Marisa Laurenzi Tabasso (Rome)
  • Prof. Roger Matthews (University of Reading)
  • Bijan Rouhani (Vice President of ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Risk Preparedness, ICORP)

There will also be a panel discussion involving:

  • Neil MacGregor (Director, British Museum)
  • Dr Martin Roth (Director, Victoria & Albert Museum)
  • Jon Snow (Journalist and newscaster)

Tickets & info

Early-bird: £80.00
Early-bird Student: £30.00
Early-bird price available until 14 December 2014

Standard full: £100.00
Standard student: £40.00

Book now

Friends of IHF discount available, join now.

If you would prefer to pay by cheque, please make it payable to ‘IHF’ and send this along with your contact details to:

IHF, 63 New Cavendish Street, London, W1G 7LP

For any inquiries please contact, Tel: 020 3651 2121

Please note this event will be filmed.

Iran Heritage Foundation Soudavar Memorial Foundation       British Institute of Persian Studies

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